Patent & IP news for October 16, 2015

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post image Ex officio review of relevant grounds for trade mark refusal: a Greek example of caring too much? from

The blogger's understanding is that most EU jurisdictions, as well as the OHIM, are not very sympathetic to the "crowded field" argument, when assessing confusing similarity of trade marks. This seems particularly true in ...

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post image This year's IP Summit: what's in it for the patent litigation fraternity? from

Premier Cercle's annual IP Summit, now in its 10th edition, takes place on 3 and 4 December of this year in the Hilton Berlin. This is a big event, with at least 600 ...

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post image Michelle K. Lee Bobblehead from

Now that the USPTO has opened its Silicon Valley office, Santa Clara is offering its limited-time Michelle K. Lee Bobblehead.  Enter to win here:

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post image Friday fantasies from

Pleasure for catsForthcoming events. This Kat has been busily adding a smattering of new events to the list of attractions you can attend in the coming days, weeks or months, depending on how long ...

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post image A Myriad of Problems: Genetic Patents Refused by High Court of Australia from

If years of highly visible US litigation was not enough to satiate your taste for gene patent cases, unbeknownst to some readers Myriad Genetics [Katposts here and here, among several others] have been going through ...

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What May Be the IP Provisions of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement from

By Kevin E. Noonan -- The diplomats negotiating the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement have done the seemingly impossible: they have kept the details of the draft agreement secret from the press and interested parties in ...

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Oracle moves to disqualify damages expert because Apple v. Samsung is practically Apple v. Google from

The Oracle v. Google copyright retrial won't take place next May because of a scheduling conflict for Oracle's senior management with a trial against HP, and a new tentative date has not been ...

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Water Treatment Patent Invalid Under 35 U.S.C. § 101 from

The court granted defendant's motion for summary judgment that plaintiff's water treatment patent was invalid for lack of patentable subject matter and found that the claims were directed to an abstract idea. "[A ...

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Federal Circuit Denies En Banc Request in BPCIA case from

by Dennis Crouch Following the Federal Circuit’s first interpretation of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (“BPCIA”), neither the patentee (Amgen) nor the biosimilar applicant (Sandoz) were satisfied. Each petitioned separately for en ...

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BREAKING: 2nd Circuit confirms that Google Books Library Project is fair use from

As IPKat readers may remember, since 2004 Google has scanned more than 20 million books in their entirety (with approximately 93% of books being non-fiction, and the great majority of works being out-of-commerce), and ...

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Appeals court deems Google Books 'fair use' but standard helps Oracle in Android-Java case from

The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has just published its appellate opinion in the Google Books case.

Early last year I wrote that I had initially been rather skeptical of Google ...

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Federal Circuit Denies En Banc Petition in Amgen v. Sandoz from

By Kevin E. Noonan -- The Federal Circuit today denied the petitions for rehearing by the panel and rehearing by the en banc Court filed by both parties in Amgen v. Sandoz. Amgen had petitioned for ...

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H&M sues Forever 21? Beach Please! from

In an interesting twist, arguably the two most common fashion design piracy defendants are pitted against each other. H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB (“H&M;”) has issued a complaint against Forever 21, Inc., in the ...

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WTO IP Committee Suspended Over LDC Extension from

Informal negotiations at the World Trade Organization between least developed countries (LDCs) and some developed countries over a public health extension for LDCs could not be finalised in time to be taken to the intellectual ...

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